Trees bow with the blow of a simple breeze
And we have been commanded from Above
To sit before HIM upon humble knees
As righteous slaves who submit in fear and love.
Rivers flow to join the wide oceans and seas,
Drops of rain scatter across land and stream,
And the movements of these waters seize
All in ablution and make rainbows beam.
And by the moon stars collect and gather
To adorn and alight the realm of night;
Are we not like stars and you the moon? Rather
Our meeting is more as light upon light.
O moon, would you never wane or dawn break
We might all thought of day lose or forsake.

This entry was posted in Sonnets.

3 comments on “Suhba

  1. Salikah says:

    AsSalamu’alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Masha’Allah, your writing is wonderful. I teach English in a public high school and just taught a unit on sonnets — were it an Islamic school I would use some of these!

    Salik is also much impressed to see a Muslim studying poetry in university…a nice change from the usual.

    May Allah bless you with much good in this life and the next.


    Wa ‘aleykum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
    AstaghfirulLAH wa jazakum LAH khairn. SubhanALLAH; you teach in highschool? You must be older than my glance had betrayed of you, mashaALLAH.
    Ya Latif!

  2. darvish says:

    Your skill with words is a wonder in itself, though the word “collection” is a bit jarring. I am so happy to have discovered your poetry :)

    Ya Haqq!

    Motamid: AH! “A poet can endure anything — except a misprint.” (Oscar Wilde)

  3. Salikah says:

    Wa’alaykum asSalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu,

    Are you one of the brothers we met outside the Bab al-Jibril (near Bab as-Salam)? The one holding a walking stick? Indeed I am four years your senior.


    Wa ‘aleykum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
    Indeed I am the one who had the walking stick, which is no longer in my possession sadly. Wassalam.

    PS: This sonnet is rather neutral as regards religious identification:
    For analysis, shade can be seen as a classical allusion to Echo. Compare the ending couplet with Keat’s On first looking into Chapman’s Homer
    . Compare as well with Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy.

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